PepsiCo Recycling Helps College Students Take Sustainability to the Next Level

College campuses are not just about education: they want to encourage students to make a difference. And PepsiCo wants to help make that happen.

According to PepsiCo, “Simple acts lead to a big impact.” The company, for the second year in a row, is assisting colleges and universities in reaching their environmental goals by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.

The Zero Impact Fund (ZIF), which launched in August 2016, provides cash prizes for college and university sustainability projects related to energy, waste or water that aim to achieve long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.

CME Group, 4-H Steer Youth Toward Agricultural Industry for Fifth Straight Year

(NewsUSA) – CME Group has once again partnered with National 4-H Council to sponsor the interactive and educational Commodity Carnival, which will visit 120 state and county fairs in the Midwest during the summer and fall of 2017. The Commodity Carnival and companion app, Risk Ranch, give players a fun and engaging way to learn about agriculture by bringing a steer to market."CME Group’s roots are in agriculture, and we are pleased to provide this program for the fifth straight year," says CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy."We look forward to helping the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness leaders to better understand the concept of risk management in a fun way and from a young age."The participants in the Commodity Carnival will learn how to grow and bring a "steer" to market. If they are successful, they can win a blue ribbon while improving their literacy in agriculture science and basic economics."Our partnership with CME Group has allowed us to instill fundamentals of risk management and basic economics with young people throughout fair season and beyond," says National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo."This program helps students develop problem solving, communication and technical competence skills, and those are essential for both positive youth development and preparation for the workforce."The Commodity Carnival’s entertainment and education is not limited just to the fairgrounds. Kids can continue to learn about real-life cost and risk management through the award-winning agriculture app developed by CME Group, "Risk Ranch." This enjoyable and informative game can be downloaded free of charge either online or on your mobile device.To learn more about Risk Ranch or see a list of the 120 fairs participating this fair season, visit www.cmegroup.com/4hcarnival.

Viscount Mining Corp: Company to Watch In 2017

(NewsUSA) – Back in the late 1800s, hordes of miners descended on Colorado’s Custer County to seek their fortunes. They staked nearly 100 individual claims, and mined large amounts of top-grade silver and gold from the ground. The area even acquired a revealing name: the Hardscrabble Silver District.The mines fell on hard times by the 1920s. But there was plenty of ore left in the ground. When one of the properties in the District, called Silver Cliff, was explored using modern techniques in the 1980s, geologists found some of the highest levels of silver ore ever measured in North America — and estimated that the area contained 40 million to 50 million ounces of silver. That would be worth more than three-quarters of a billion dollars at today’s prices.Still, the Silver Cliff property and others like it remained untapped — until now.A North America-based company called Viscount Mining Corp (TSXV: VML, OTCQB:VLMGF) has realized the potential of both Silver Cliff and a similar historical mining property in Nevada called Cherry Creek. As he explains in a recent interview with Stock-Sector, Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie did the painstaking work of acquiring the properties. Then he oversaw a new round of geological exploration in which new test holes were paired with the holes drilled in the previous testing at Silver Cliff.The results from this new exploration have now come in — and they are extremely impressive. The data shows up to 67 ounces of silver per ton of ore at Silver Cliff, confirming the great promise shown in the earlier results. Viscount is now planning the next phase of drilling to verify and expand the resource, looking towards full-scale mine operations.Meanwhile, the company is also moving ahead with its Cherry Creek property in Nevada, which includes more than 400 past claims and more than 20 mines that produce silver, gold, and tungsten."With these two valuable mining properties, I think that Viscount Mining Corp. is ideally positioned to take advantage of the long-term demand for — and rising prices of — silver and gold,"says professional geologist Howard Lahti, Ph.D, Viscount’s Vice President of Exploration. 

Entrepreneurs Embrace In-House Fitness

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The popularity of health and fitness services is driving many entrepreneurs to start home-based businesses.
For those innovative individuals, Fitbomb, a patented fitness tool, may be the perfect fit.
This “fitness sauna”allows individuals to provide an entire gym’s worth of in-house fitness services easily.
David Shurtleff, a disabled veteran, created FitBomb as an option for those looking to improve athletic performance, enhance their health, or simply reduce the effects of aging.
“It’s like having your own fitness center without the overhead,” says Mr. Shurtleff.
“The FitBomb has everything you need to start a business, providing live video instruction for … martial arts, dance, barre, [and] hot yoga,” he says.
Other benefits include healthy detox and heated massage.
Combining sauna and fitness works by incorporating infrared heat to warm the muscles, thus helping users perform high-intensity resistance exercises with reduced risk of injury.
“Like most gym owners, you don’t even have to be a personal trainer yourself,” says Mr. Shurleff. “Just turn on the Wi-Fi and your choice of training videos instantly appears,” he explains.
As a testament to the potential to enhance your bottom line is Cheryl Murray, a fitness instructor and mother of two who set up a studio in her basement. Within months, she is making $15,000 a month for a combination of fitness training and deep fascia massage services inside the FitBomb.
Other entrepreneurs have taken the studio mobile.
A Canadian team set up a FitBomb in a box truck and promoted it with the slogan, “FitBomb: Explosive Health & Fitness delivered to your door.” They share profits with a small group of personal trainers.
Its appeal lies in its convenience and customization.
Patented features include attachments involving strategically placed “D” rings inside fitness sauna. Users attach exercise bands to these “D” rings to perform a number of exercises. The studio also features stretch bars, pull-up bars and the options to place speed bags, punching bags, and other workout accessories.
The FitBomb is available in a Studio size (7 by 9 feet) and a Solo size (6 feet, 5 inches by 50 inches).
Other special features include touch screen controllers that activate Wi-Fi videos on a TV in each unit. It is handicap-accessible, and also has a Power Access System card designed to activate power to the FitBomb for a pre-determined time and a number of activations that allows easier tracking of user activity.
For more information, visit www.fittsystems.com.

Iconic US Winemaker Toasts Tradition While Embracing Change

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For those who appreciate wine, it is an art unto itself. After all, great wine comes from all over the world. If, however, you want to remain true to your North American roots, it may be more difficult than you think.
It’s a little known fact that many of the wines sold by US wineries don’t use American-grown grapes exclusively . The exception is CK Mondavi and Family — the first and only wine brand that’s 100 percent “Made in the USA” Certified. This difficult-to-achieve third-party certification means it has undergone a rigorous audit and review process that enables the vintner to say that every single part of the CK Mondavi and Family wine bottle is 100 percent authentically American-made — the grapes, the screw cap, the labels, and even the ink on the labels.
Its commitment to being fully US-made, and to quality grape growing and winemaking practices, render it superior to others at the same price point. This official certification gives consumers the confidence to know that they’re purchasing from a fourth-generation American family that wholeheartedly supports US farmers and businesses.
To understand how CK Mondavi and Family came into its own is to go back almost seventy-five years, when Cesare Mondavi decided to turn surplus grapes from his Midwest grape-shipping business into wine.
That ingenuity started an American wine dynasty. Cesare eventually moved his family to California and purchased his first vineyards. And for the past four generations, the Mondavi family has been making wine.
Today, the winery is run by Marc Mondavi and his family. Marc’s father, Peter Mondavi, Sr., continued his father Cesare’s legacy, and worked at the winery every day, until his passing at the age of 101 last year. Marc and Janice work alongside several of their daughters, as well as other family members, to produce CK Mondavi and Family wines. Some of the family still lives on the original property Cesare and his wife Rosa Mondavi purchased almost 75 years ago.
“It’s not often that a fourth generation is interested in taking over the family business. We are extremely blessed that our family is interested in keeping our tradition alive for years to come,” says Marc.
“For 74 years, our family has been committed to quality grape growing and winemaking practices that simply cannot be found in other wines at this price point. We attribute this to our strong winemaking tradition and family-owned vineyards. You will truly be surprised by the quality of our wines for the price,” he notes.
Even as the family legacy and traditions continue, the winemaker moves forward with environmental consciousness.
Its grapes are 100 percent sourced from California vineyards, utilizing sustainable farming techniques and winemaking practices that are more typical of expensive wines. Their relentless commitment to quality winemaking and hands-on small lot sourcing sets them apart from other value wines. The CK Mondavi and Family portfolio consists of the most popular varieties of wines, and the grapes are grown on the family’s 1,850 acres of vineyards and from California family winegrowers that the Mondavis have had partnerships with for generations.
The new CK Mondavi wines will be available across the US, starting this month.
Find your perfect wine at www.ckmondavi.com/find-wine.

Estate Plans: You’re Not Doing Anyone a Favor by Avoiding the Subject

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Do your kids realize just how much money you’re really worth once all your assets are added up?
If they’re anything like the adult offspring surveyed for Fidelity Investments’ “Family & Finance Study,” the answer is a resounding — and rather scary — “no.” In fact, seven out of 10 of them underestimated their parents’ estate by an average of $278,000.
That’s right, by more than a quarter of a million dollars.
The reason that’s scary — and why it should be a wake-up call for even those with modest estates they hope to pass on to heirs — is simple: It illustrates a breakdown in communications that Kevin Ruth, head of Fidelity’s wealth planning and personal trust, says badly needs addressing through ‘frank conversations” between parents and their adult children.
“Even in the simplest of family situations, conversations that don’t occur frequently and in detail can result in fairly substantial family disagreements and disconnects,” says Ruth. “Establishing an estate plan is your best bet to ensure your loved ones are taken care of in your absence and that your wishes are carried out the way you want.”
In fact, according to the study, the two generations apparently can’t even agree on whether they’ve already had such detailed talks.
Seventy percent of parents surveyed believe they have; more than 50 percent of their children claim they haven’t.
So what are the benefits of an estate plan? Well, among other things, it allows you to:
* Preserve and maintain control over the transfer of your assets.
* Protect your family’s privacy and possibly avoid probate.
* Provide immediate access to liquidity.
* Choose how your beneficiaries will receive assets.
* Designate who’ll execute your wishes even if you’re just incapacitated.
Plus, for those who despise the thought of the government getting any more money than legally required, having a sound estate plan in place could help your heirs avoid needlessly paying certain Federal estate taxes (not to mention state estate and inheritance taxes, depending on local laws).
Ah, but you’re stuck on that $278,000 figure, right?
Actually, given how complicated today’s lives often are — what with stepchildren’s interests to protect, say, and family businesses to pass on — most people, and not just the very wealthy, could do with some solid estate planning. Heck, even distributions from IRAs and Roth IRAs can be tricky if the aim is to “stretch” payments out to beneficiaries, tax-deferred or tax-free, for as long as decades.
Attorneys and tax advisors can help you set up an estate plan, and online resources like Fidelity’s Estate Planning Overview provide a good idea of what’s involved. Fidelity customers also have access to its new Estate Planner to more thoroughly prepare and educate themselves for a meeting, right down to details like organizing documents and choosing lawyers.
As for why parents and their children may be reluctant to discuss the subject, Ruth has an explanation: “It’s human nature to avoid thinking about one’s own mortality.”

Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,
www.WellOwner.org.

Abordar El Hielo y La Nieve desde El Suelo Hasta

(NewsUSA) – Caminar en un país de las maravillas del invierno puede inspirar sensaciones cálidas, pero conducir en invierno tiene el efecto contrario. Conducir en invierno puede ser un reto, pero mantener su coche correctamente sujeto significa un largo camino hacia la paz de la mente cuando el clima de invierno golpea. La conducción invernal segura comienza donde el caucho se encuentra con la carretera, en los neumáticos.Un neumático diseñado para funcionar en condiciones de invierno puede ayudar a los conductores a sentirse más seguros y confiados. El neumático Michelin X-Ice Xi3, es un neumático diseñado para hacer frente a carreteras heladas y condiciones de manejo potencialmente peligrosas.Según Ed Gliss, piloto de pruebas y experto técnico de Michelin, los neumáticos de todas las estaciones son una apuesta segura para condiciones inferiores a 40 grados Fahrenheit, pero "una vez que las temperaturas llegan al punto de congelación, y más bajas, considere los neumáticos de invierno, que proporcionan una tracción superior para el manejo en carreteras nevadas y heladas".Al equipar su coche con neumáticos de invierno, es importante considerar y entender qué características del neumático generan el agarre de tracción y manejo para navegar con confianza en las condiciones de invierno.–Huella: Cuanto mayor sea el número de bloques de la huella en un neumático, mejor será su rendimiento, con el aumento de la capacidad del neumático para agarrar la carretera bajo el hielo, en condiciones de nieve. El X-Ice Xi3 de Michelin está diseñado con un aumento del 15 por ciento en el borde mordaz para un agarre confiable.–Huella de compuesto de goma: la química juega un papel importante en el desarrollo de los neumáticos más seguros posibles para las condiciones de conducción en invierno. Un compuesto de sílice, como el Michelin Flex-Ice, puede ayudar a mantener la flexibilidad de los neumáticos en temperaturas por debajo de la temperatura de congelación, lo que contribuye a un rendimiento más fiable de los neumáticos en las carreteras cubiertas de hielo o nieve. La sílice también mantiene la firmeza de un neumático cuando las temperaturas son moderadas, lo que mejora el agarre y el desgaste de los neumáticos.Independientemente de si tiene neumáticos de invierno, no olvide verificar regularmente la presión de sus neumáticos para ayudar a asegurar su rendimiento óptimo. Los controles de presión regulares son especialmente importantes durante los meses de invierno, ya que los neumáticos pierden presión a medida que baja la temperatura. Otros consejos para una conducción segura en invierno incluyen la comprobación del estado de las escobillas del limpiaparabrisas y los niveles de líquido, y la comprobación de los faros y luces de freno para asegurarse de que sean totalmente funcionales.Para obtener más consejos sobre el cuidado del coche en invierno, visite www.MichelinMedia.com 

Small Businesses Hold the Key to Employee Happiness

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – As the calendar flips to another year, many employees will consider starting the new year on the hunt for a new job. In today’s changing workforce, it is more important than ever for companies to realize that a salary alone is no longer enough to recruit or retain strong employees. According to a recent survey by Aflac, small businesses deserve a round of applause for their ability to keep employees happy. The report found that 85 percent of small-business employees are happy in their current job and more than half (51 percent) agree that most of or all of their happiness in their current job is because is a result of working for a small business.
The keys to happiness
Nearly a quarter of participants (23 percent) stated that the feeling of importance was the best part of working for a small business. Small businesses have the unique ability to make employees feel appreciated, respected and valued on a personal and professional level. In a small business environment, there are typically fewer layers between newcomers and leadership. This tight-knit structure of small businesses can create a family-like atmosphere that allows employees to feel that their opinions matter and that they play a significant role in the business’s mission.
Flexibility is also vital in creating employee happiness. According to the report, 30 percent of respondents noted that flexible scheduling was the best part of working for a small business. This can include working from home, leaving work early to play in a summer sports league or giving new parents an extra week of paid time off to help care for their newborn. A workplace that promotes healthy work-life balance can create happier, less stressed employees and can also increase employee productivity on the job.
Unlocking improvements
Although small businesses excel at keeping employees happy, there is always room for improvement. In a small-business community, money does not seem to be the only motivator. In fact, 65 percent of small-business employees indicate that an improvement in their benefits offerings would make them happier employees. By offering a robust benefits plan that includes voluntary benefits, small businesses can ensure that their employees are able to find the right benefits to meet their individual needs.
Learn more at aflac.com/smallbusiness.

Foodies Flock to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Dining Destinations

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – “The customer always comes first” should be every company’s mantra. However, a lot of companies say it, but don’t act on it. So, how do we make sure we’re living up to that mindset?
The answer is simple — just ask.
On any given night, half of the guests in our hotels are members of the Hilton Honors loyalty program and their feedback is what helps us make our program so esteemed.